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The unfolding political clash between Russia and the Ukraine threatens to impact European Union policy frameworks and long term plans to replace coal with cleaner burning gas power plants, according to the Oxford Institute of Energy Studies.

Gas supply infrastructure for the 120 MW Musandam power plant in Oman is expected to be complete by the fourth quarter of this year. Once fully operational, it will be the state's first gas-fired power plant. 
The new infrastructure is part of final construction works on the nearby Musandam gas processing plant, with total costs estimated to come in at $600 million.

Laser repair for gas turbine components may soon be a commercial reality thanks to research from the National Research Council of Canada (NRC). “Potential savings include the reduction of maintenance cost, shortening repair cycles and extending component life,” Xue Lijue, lead researcher on the project told Gas to Power Journal.

Construction of the long-anticipated 200 MW Delimara gas power plant and LNG terminal in Malta has started with initial drilling work taking place this week, according to the island's Energy Minister Konrad Mizzi.

Israel's Public Utilities Authority (PUA) has issued new guidelines for power generators of how to handle domestic gas supply shortages. In such circumstances, private power producers will take priority as state-owned utility Israel Electric Corp (IEC) can switch to alternative fuels, such as gasoil or fuel oil.

Construction works have started one of Nigeria's first privately developed power plants, the 90 MW Magboro gas-fired plant in Ogun State. Owner and operator Bresson Energy is part of a wave of Independent Power Producers (IPP) following privatisation of the power sector last year and aims to commission the plant in 2015.

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) forecasts that natural gas-fired power generation will be the dominant new source of power until 2040, with barely any new coal plants added after 2015. The EIA’s anticipated that between 2013 and 2040 new gas plants will add 255 GW while coal will add 3 GW in total.

South Africa’s largest utility Eskom plans to switch its open cycle diesel power plants to run on natural gas in a bid to save on diesel costs that topped $1 billion last year. The state-owned utility will initially focus on switching over plants in the Western Cape that generated 3,621 GWh in 2013.

Senate committees in Mexico have backed laws that regulate the opening of state-run oil and gas industries to private investment. The latest bill includes a raft of secondary laws supporting energy reforms, including a hydrocarbons law, which sets out contracts, fines and the ownership of Mexican oil and gas resources.

India is keen on more reliable power generation capacity and offers tax holidays for plant operators, according to the recently published first budget of president Modi’s new government. “Supply of power continues to be a major area of concern for the country,” Arun Jaitley, the Indian Minister of Finance said, adding he would “extend the 10 year tax holiday” for companies working in power generation, distribution or transmission.

Saudi Arabia needs to spend close to $90 billion developing new power generation capacity, according to the kingdom’s Electricity and Cogeneration Regulatory Authority (ECRA). The required investment comes alongside an expected $44 billion that needs to be spend to upgrade transmission and distribution upgrades.

Spanish engineering firm Tecnicas Reunidas has won a contract to design and build a 500 MW gas power plant in Ilo, Southern Peru. The open-cycle plant will cost a total of $240 million to construct and due for commissioning in September 2016.

News in Brief

Fatih Birol on Time 100 list

Sept 20 – The Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IEA), Fatih Birol has been named as one of the 100 most influential people by Time Magazine in its annual list. ““In a world where facts are assaulted, Fatih Birol combines the best of high-tech data, optimistic know-how and old-school rhetorical finesse,” US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry commented, suggesting the IEA head would use his authority to “slash carbon emissions and save our planet.”

Chevron lack Net Zero target

Sept 17 – US oil major Chevron is plans to further reduce greenhouse gas emissions along its oil and gas value chain, but lacks a clear Net Zero target. CEO Mike Wirth told investors and shareholders “an ultimate pathway to net zero will require technology advancements, more ambitious government policy, and development of large offset markets.” Concrete steps will be revealed in next month’s update to Chevron’s climate change resilience report.

Paul Browning to lead MHI’s energy transition team

Sept 15 – Mitsubishi has appointed Paul Browning as deputy head of Energy Transition & Power Headquarters, Energy Systems at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI). Browning is currently CEO of Mitsubishi Power Americas and will move to the new position on October 1, 2021.

Linde to help build liquefaction plant in Russia

Sept 14 – Gazprom has handed an EPC contract to Linde, Renaissance Heavy Industries and RusKhimAlyans, to build a gas liquefaction plant within the Gas Processing Complex (GPC) at the port of Ust-Luga, west of St Petersburg. The GPC will process ethane-containing gas into various fuels, and the two-Train liquefaction plant will have a design capacity for 13 million tons of LNG per year.

Santos completes Oil Search takeover

Sept 13 – Australian LNG exporter Santos has completed the takeover of Oil Search in a deal worth A$8.40 billion (US$6.25 billion). The all-share transaction brings together upstream oil and gas and LNG export assets in the Timor Sea, the Australian state of Queensland and in Papua New Guinea. Under the deal, Santos holds a 61.5% share of the merged company and Oil Search the remaining 38.5%.

Rolls-Royce goes green at DSEI trade show

Sept 10 – Rolls-Royce Energy Solutions is showcasing a range of sustainable power solutions at the DSEI trade show in London this week. The company’s is currently exploring how its Defence business can contribute to wider corporate objectives such as sustainability, electrification, and the development of digital technologies

Wärtsilä develops mobile battery for inland vessels

Sept 8 – Wärtsilä has developed and delivered a mobile battery container to enable inland waterway vessels to operate with zero emissions to ZES, a Dutch company founded in 2020 by ING Bank, the French utility Engie and the Port of Rotterdam. The two containers were delivered in June and the batteries are in continues operation since then.

EU-funds project for energy efficiency

Sept 7 – Today, the European Union (EU) funded HEATLEAP project has been launched to demonstrate the benefits of waste heat recovery systems such as large heat pumps for industries and gas expanders for electric utilities. Turboden will coordinate the project whereby heat pumps and gas expanders are tested at real scale.

EnerMech signs new deals in Americas

Sept 6 – Integrated solutions specialist EnerMech has secured several multi-sector contracts in the Americas. The multiple sector awards span the oil and gas, petrochemicals, maritime, and power generation industries. The largest contract is for nitrogen and leak testing of installations for an E&P operator in offshore Gulf of Mexico. As a result of these new awards EnerMech doubled its electrical team, and increased the number of mechanical pipefitters.

ACWA Power to hold IPO

Sept 3 – ACWA Power International has launched an initial public offering (IPO) to list its shares on the Saudi stock exchange, the Tadawul. The ACWA Power share sale will be the biggest in the Kingdom since the 2019 floatation of Saudi Aramco, which sold 1.5% of its shares and the trading debut valued the oil and gas business at $1.88 trillion.

Iran braces for winter gas shortage

Sept 2 – Iran’s Thermal Power Plant Holding (TPPH) has urged the energy ministry to take precaution to avoid fuel shortages in the coming winter. “We have faced serious problems last year due to the lack of gas and liquid fuel required by the power plants, and there is a concern that we will not be able to fully meet the country’s electricity needs this winter either,” said TPPH’s managing director Mohsen Tarztalab. Since households customers are prioritised and significantly increase their gas consumption in the coal season, power generators often have to resort to burning liquid fuels instead.

LYTT technology monitors carbon capture

Sept 1 – LYTT, a provider of real-time insights to oil and gas operators through a fiber optic sensor, LYTT is testing novel technology to monitor CO2 transport and migration in storage reservoirs together with SINTEF, an institute for applied research. Tracking dynamic multiphase flow is essential when monitoring the long-term effectiveness of carbon capture storage (CCS).

Gazprom invests in Russian gas grid

Sept 1 – Gazprom’s board of directors has approved 2.9 times more financing for new gas supply and infrastructure in 2021-2025 than in the previous five-year period. Over two-thirds of the investments will be made in rural areas, Gazprom explained, and by 2026, the gas grid expansion is planned to be “completed to the fullest extent possible in 35 regions of Russia.”

Woodside pioneers MAN’s Factory LNG solution

Aug 30 – Australian LNG pioneer Woodside is working with MAN to commercialise a solution for small-to-mid scale LNG production. Known as Factory LNG, concept involves a nominal 0.05 mtpa unit, the size of 40-foot ISO shipping container that can be transported via standard heavy-lift ships and trucks. The compact design shortens construction timeframes compared to traditional stick-built or modular LNG trains.

Seismic nodes enhance gas exploration

Aug 18 – Omani-based Africa Geophysical Services has agreed a deal with STRYDE to secure 154,000 seismic nodes for oil and gas exploration projects in Oman and Africa. Seismic nodes have become the preferred system to make high-definition images of subsurface structures, enabling upstream companies to maximise the output of reservoirs with targeted and cost-effective drilling.

Emission monitoring market surges

Aug 16 – Global market for Continuous Emission Monitoring Systems (CEMS) is forecast to grow at a rate of 7.8% from $2.2 billion in 2020 to reach $3.8 billion by 2027, according to MarketandMarkets. The power gen segment is likely to surge 8.3% and reach $1.3 billion over the forecast period.

Nokia deploys LTE to Western Power Distributions

Aug 13 – Nokia has provided a private wireless network to Western Power Distribution (WDP) in the UK. The 4.9G/LTE network will enable smart grid trials and support daily operations of WPD, which distributes electricity to the Midlands, South West and Wales.

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